04-02-2010, 11:26 PM
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In my tank, I actually have a combination of fake and live plants. I, however, prefer live plants to their fake counterparts.
-Don't need maintenence
-Can last in any condition
-Usually not very realistic--with one look into my tank, you can easily tell the fake and live plants apart
-Don't provide oxygen--not that large of a problem
-Don't take in nitrates (read something about cycling water)-- a heavily planted aquarium with hardy fish doesn't need many water changes (I haven't changed the water in my tank for almost half a year -- and no fish have died!! ---however, I gotta wipe off algae
-Looks nice/is REAL (unless you want a funky aquarium with funky colors)
-Makes it less likely for algae to grow (I think because it absorbs the surrounding light?)
-Most are hardy, but some can be easily damaged (not many, fortunately)
-May look bad if rotten pieces are not cut off (A problem I encounter with swordplants)
I use live plants for the asthetics(spelling?), and because I don't have to change my water that often (a lot of plants are needed...). I think fake plants look too...fake, and they don't benefit the tank in a biological way.
Don't get plants for bulbs--my experience is that they don't always grow. Definately get live ones, but soak them in some salt water to kill off snails (if you want snails, nix this part). Some people don't recommend soaking plants in salt because they might die, but in my experience, soaking plants in salt is fine. Just make sure it is aquarium salt (table salt if fine only if you throughly wash the plant afterwards).
Final Line: Get Live Plants That Are Already Alive.
Last edited by Fusion MK; 04-02-2010 at 11:29 PM..